School Employment Law

As members of the NSBA Council of School Attorneys, our Firm’s attorneys have a long history of serving as outside counsel to Florida school boards for labor and employment law matters. Our services to school boards include general advice and counsel on human resources and union-related issues; design of employee policies and practices; conducting investigations of allegations of employee misconduct, such as sexual harassment; prosecuting teacher and support staff contract terminations; serving as Chief Negotiator in teacher and support staff collective bargaining; representation in arbitration, administrative and judicial proceedings involving labor-management disputes, including the defense of unfair labor practices. We have litigated numerous school law cases, including Section 1983 and Section 1981 actions, constitutional law claims, Americans with Disabilities Act, FMLA and Pregnancy Discrimination Act cases, sex discrimination (including sexual harassment), age, race and national origin discrimination cases.

We have also represented school boards/superintendents in numerous school administrative proceedings as lead counsel. These consist primarily of formal administrative hearings involving the termination or discipline of instructional and non-instructional employees. The arbitrations (under the auspices of AAA and FMCS) involve disputed interpretations of union contracts, including employee discipline cases.